Born 427 B.C., died 347 B.C.
Professions: Mathematician, Philosopher, Writer
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable.
Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.
The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails.
We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways.
To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.
It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals.
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.